Postdoctoral Fellow in Agronomy and Data Science

Department: Plant Agriculture 

Description of the Area/Topic of Research 

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to join the Northern and Eastern Ontario Agronomy group led by Dr. Joshua Nasielski at the University of Guelph. We conduct agronomic research of direct relevance to the farmers of northern and eastern Ontario, while making scientific contributions of wider geographic scope by uncovering the physiological mechanisms which underpin cropping systems. We are located on the Guelph main campus, a wonderful city about one hour drive from Toronto.

The candidate should have demonstrated expertise in statistics (data analysis, data science) as well as in a natural science discipline, ideally agronomy, ecology, crop science and/or soil science. Individuals with expertise in statistics looking to build their skills on one of these other areas are encouraged to apply. Your primary responsibility will be to analyze about a dozen large datasets generated over the past eight years from various field research projects. The goal will be to generate new knowledge to inform on-farm decision making and publish your work in high-quality academic journals. Focus areas of these research projects include: nitrogen management in corn, plant growth regulator effects in winter wheat, cover crop effects on corn emergence and yield, among others. The immediate availability of these datasets means postdoctoral fellows can begin analysis soon after they begin. Beyond your primary role, there will be ample opportunities to be mentored as you venture into designing new experiments, writing grants, delivering undergraduate lectures, or leading workshops. You are expected to give extension presentations to farmers and present at international scientific conferences. 

Our research group currently consists of three M.Sc students, one Ph.D candidate and four undergraduate thesis researchers. We pride ourselves on maintaining a collaborative, positive environment where ideas from every team member are valued and integrated into our research.  

General Outline of Duties 

Work Responsibilities:

  • Lead data analysis and interpretation of several large multi-site field trials combining crop, soil and weather data.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • The Post-doc is expected to contribute to extension and knowledge mobilization efforts, and to assist with manuscript writing

Teaching Requirement: none 

Student/Employee Supervision: The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to mentor lab members 

Required Qualifications 

You should have received a Ph.D in the natural sciences within the past three (3) years and have a track-record of peer-reviewed publications that demonstrate your expertise.

Start Date & Duration of Appointment: 2 Year, Starting October 2023 

Anticipated Hours/Days of Work (at time of posting): 40 

Supervisor: Joshua Nasielski 

Salary Information 

Salary: minimum $60,000/year (depends on qualification) plus benefits (health care, conference travel, etc). Remote work possible (within Canada).

Application Requirements


  • Cover Letter
  • CV


To apply please send a short cover letter, CV and the names of two individuals who can serve as a reference to: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview. We appreciate every application. Shortlisted candidates can expect to hear from us by September 22. The Department of Plant Agriculture is committed to identifying and mitigating barriers to employment equity. We encourage applicants from equity-seeking groups traditionally underrepresented in agricultural employment, including racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, women, and those identifying with the LGBTQ2IA+ community.

Contact Information

Dr. Joshua Nasielski, Assistant Professor
647 787 6206 


Posting Date Fri, 08/11/2023

Closing Date Fri, 09/08/2023